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Are you wondering how you can make your Christmas tree last longer this year?
Real Christmas trees can be a large investment and you would likely want to keep it looking beautiful as long as possible right? To properly care for your Christmas tree you will need to make sure it has the right water, humidity, and food.
- Choose A Longer Lasting Christmas Tree
- How To Tell If Your Live Christmas Tree Is Fresh
- Care During Transport
- Make Sure To Give Your Tree Water As Soon As Possible
- Feed Your Christmas Tree
- Keep Your Christmas Tree Away From Heat
- Raise The Humidity
Choose A Longer Lasting Christmas Tree
These 5 types of trees last the longest as Christmas trees.
1. Concolor Fir has soft blue-green needles and a slight citrus smell when you first bring it indoors. These trees when cut, can last for months under the right conditions if you wanted it to.
2. Fraser fir tree is dark green and will last you about 5 weeks indoors. The Fraser fir is a popular tree at Christmas time and for good reason it’s affordable and a beautiful long lasting Christmas tree.
3. Douglas fir has soft and fluffy bright green needles. It will last about 4 weeks indoors and is another beautiful long lasting Christmas tree.
4. Scotch pine is a lower priced Christmas tree with blue-green needles. The Scotch pine will last about 3 weeks indoors and is the most popular Christmas tree in Canada.
5. White Spruce trees are another popular Christmas tree and will last for at least 2 weeks indoors. They have short 2 cm long needles that are dark green. The needles are stiff and slightly curved and give off a strong odor when crushed. The spruce tree has a dense foliage and symmetrical shape making it a beautiful Christmas tree. Spruce trees need a lot of water when kept indoors, regular watering will keep your tree from losing its needles.
How To Tell If Your Live Christmas Tree Is Fresh
Once you have decided on what type of Christmas tree you want for your family to try to buy a tree grown as locally as possible. Not only will this give you the freshest possible Christmas tree, you will be helping to support your local economy. If you can make a trip to a cut your own tree farm, as a second choice find a tree stand that sells locally grown trees.
Make sure to feel the tree needles before buying. The needles should not fall off when you touch them or it’s not fresh and could have been cut more than a week before.
A good test is to hold a branch about six inches in from the tip between your thumb and finger. Pull your hand towards you allowing the branch to slide through your fingers. The needles should stay firmly attached to the tree and not fall off into your hand.
Care During Transport
Make sure you take extra care bringing your Christmas tree home. Don’t break the branches or bend the top of the tree. When you get your tree home cut off a 1-inch slice at the bottom of the tree where it was cut. This will allow it to soak up the water after you set the Christmas tree up in your home.
Make Sure To Give Your Tree Water As Soon As Possible
When you buy flowers and bring them home, what do you do? You place them in the water right away of course! Well, trees are the same way, it needs to be placed into water to keep it fresh. After you have cut the bottom 1 inch off your tree make sure you add warm water to the tree reservoir. Remember to check the water level daily and top it up as needed. Trees are very thirsty and can drink up to 4 liters of water per day. Make sure to use a tree stand that can hold at least 4 liters of water so you don’t have to fill it up more than once a day.
If you allow the water level to get to low a seal will form on the bottom of the trunk and your tree will not be able to suck up water. If this happens you will need to cut off another inch from the bottom of the trunk.
Feed Your Christmas Tree
To help your Christmas tree stay fresh longer you need to make sure it has the nutrients it needs. You can buy pre-packaged tree preservatives or easily make your own. Just adding a few tablespoons of white sugar to the warm water before you pour it into your tree stand will help.
Keep Your Christmas Tree Away From Heat
Don’t place your Christmas tree near heat vents, baseboard heaters, or space heaters. Not only is it a safety concern having your tree near these things, the hot dry heat causes the tree to dry out quickly and start dropping its needles.
Raise The Humidity
If possible use a humidifier to raise the humidity in the room you’re keeping the Christmas tree. Not only will your tree stay fresher longer you’ll feel better too! The dry winter air plays havoc on our skin as well.
When Christmas is over be sure to recycle your tree. Most towns have tree pick up days but if not find a local compost center to drop your tree off at. If you garden consider mulching the tree to use in your flower beds. If you raise goats or rabbits they will love to eat up your tree branches! Just be sure to remove all ornaments before giving it to them.
Do you have a favourite type of Christmas tree?
Kim Mills is a homeschooling mom of 6 and lives on an urban homestead in Ontario, Canada. Blogging at Homestead Acres she enjoys sharing tips to help you save money, grow and preserve your own food.